The holidays are a great time of the year to build memories with your family and friends. If your family is growing up, you might want to think about adding new traditions to your festivities. Check these out:
1. Visit a tree farm
Start your family’s holiday festivities off right by bundling up and heading to a local Christmas tree farm to search for the perfect tree. Chances are, you’ll get to enjoy more than finding the perfect fir. Many tree farms offer hayrides and other family-friendly activities (Santa may even show up!). Hot cocoa is so not optional!
2. Start an ornament collection
Capture memories in the form of special ornaments that grow your collection each year. Commemorate your baby’s first Christmas, a child’s special interest, frame school photos to hang on the tree, or even personalize ornaments with names and dates. Another idea: DIY one together with your kids as a fun craft project. You can give an ornament each year when you trim the tree, or attach them to wrapped gifts as a special decorative touch.
3. Set up a Christmas Eve hot cocoa bar
Break out the hot cocoa and Christmas cookies—but step up your presentation a notch! Instead of just serving everyone a mug of cocoa, set up a hot-cocoa station complete with mini marshmallows, whipped cream, colored sprinkles, candy canes and more.
4. Bake cookies
Invite family and friends over for a BYOCC (bring your own cookie cutters) holiday baking party. Kids love pressing out the shapes and decorating (and overdecorating) the finished cookies. Make it easy by starting with pre-made dough, or picking a versatile dough recipe that serves as a foundation for a variety of different holiday treats. Either way, just make sure you’re fully-stocked on icing and sprinkles!
5. Wear matching holiday Pj's
Admit it! Matching holiday pajamas are just fun—and not just for your kids, either. Start a Christmas Eve tradition where you all open up one special gift that you can use right away—coordinating pajamas—and start the holiday off in style.
6. Give back
Make others’ lives merry and bright during the Christmas season. Some fun ideas for giving back include wrapping gifts to help kids who need it have a happier holiday season, volunteering at your local homeless shelter or senior living community and sending supplies and greeting cards to soldiers stationed abroad, and away from their families for the holidays.